Qualification & Code
BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Campus Duration of Programme Enrolment Option(s) SAQA Credits NQF Level Admission Requirements Selection and/or interview
Bloemfontein

3 Years

Semester 1 and 2

420

7

National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification

Selection

Additional Admission Requirements

For admission to the Programme Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering (BEng Tech (Mechanical Engineering)) at the CUT, candidates must, in addition to the general admission requirements of the CUT, meet the following minimum requirements:

For admission to the programme, candidates must have a total point score of 32. Moreover, the following specific requirements need to be met by candidates with different certificates.

For candidates who completed the NSC in 2008 and thereafter:

  • Minimum NSC requirements for degree studies must be met
  • Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for English
  • Achievement rating of at least 5 (60-69%) for Mathematics
  • Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for Physical Sciences

N-Courses (FET)

  • 60% pass in N4 Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science and English (Grade 12 Level)
  • 60% in any 3 of the other related subjects
  • Satisfactory performance in Selection Test

National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Subjects at NCV Level 4

  • 60% in English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Orientation; and
  • 60% in any 2 of the other compulsory subjects
  • Satisfactory performance in Selection Test

Higher Certificate

  • 60% average for the Higher Certificate
    • Candidates may apply for RPL for credits obtained in Higher Certificate

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

  • Average of 60% for diploma

Candidates may apply for RPL for credits obtained in Diploma

Career Opportunities

This programme is well-suited to those with an interest in the design and operation of heavy machinery, as well as production and manufacturing engineering. Mechanical engineering technologists could also work with steam plants at power stations, at vulcanising plants, pump stations and irrigation schemes, and with mining machinery and ore crushers. Manufacturing and production processes (also those used in the food and textile industries), as well as the planning, maintenance and optimisation of processes, are further facets of this field of study. The services of qualified persons are also often sought in the design of mechanical equipment. A promising future awaits qualified persons as installation engineers, technical representatives, production development engineers or works managers. They can establish their own engineering works or find employment with mines and the steel plants of Iscor, or with Eskom, PRASA, Transnet Freight Rail, consulting engineering firms, or suppliers of mechanical equipment. The motor industry is another possible employer. Other opportunities exist in the chemical processing industry (e.g. Sasol), the construction and building industry, as well as provincial government and municipal services. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship.

 

YEAR LEVEL

MODULE

NQF LEVEL

NQF CREDITS PER MODULE

 

Semester 1
1ST YEAR Academic Literacy and Communication Studies I

5

14

Digital Literacy I

5

14

Eng Physics I

5

14

Manufacturing & Workshop Practice I

5

14

Eng Mathematics 1

5

14

Total for Semester 1

70

 

Semester 2
1ST YEAR Eng Materials I

5

14

Thermofluids I

5

14

Machine Mechanics I

5

14

Eng CAD Drawing I

5

14

Eng Mathematics II

6

14

Total for Semester 2

70

Total for Year 1

140

 

Semester 3
2ND YEAR Eng Strength of Materials II

6

14

Thermofluids II

6

14

Machine Mechanics II

6

14

Eng Design II

6

14

Eng Mathematics III

7

14

Total for Semester 3

70

 

Semester 4
2ND YEAR Eng Project Management

6

14

Energy Technology III

6

14

Machine Mechanics III

6

14

Eng Design III

6

14

Eng Manufacturing II

6

14

Electrical Technology II

6

14

Total for Semester 4

70

Total for Year 1

140

 

Semester 5
3RD YEAR Eng Strength of Materials III

7

14

Fluid Science III

7

14

Thermal Science III

7

14

Eng Design Project

7

14

Eng Manufacturing III

7

14

Electrical Technology III

7

14

Total for Semester 5

70

 

Semester 6
3RD YEAR Structural Analysis III

7

14

Hydrodynamic Machines III

7

14

Refrigeration III

7

14

Control Systems III

7

14

Eng Design Project

7

14

Total for Semester 6

70

Total for Year 1

140

Total for Course

420

For more information contact: Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

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Updated: 04 May 2017

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